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News in brief:

Virgin Atlantic extends the life of your miles …..

Virgin Atlantic announced the extension of any expiring Virgin Flying Club miles yesterday.

Any miles due to expire between April 2020 and September 2020 will be extended for a further six months.

To be honest, this is unlikely to impact many Head for Points readers due to the generous policy currently in place.  As long as you have earned or spent one mile in the previous 36 months your Flying Club miles are always safe.

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….. and Tesco extends your expiring Clubcard vouchers

Tesco has extended the life of Clubcard vouchers due to expire at the end of May 2020 by six months.

This is a generous move, since Clubcard vouchers already have a relatively long two-year expiry date in the first place.  I can imagine, however, that some people had been holding onto them for ‘Days Out’, restaurant or theme park tickets over Easter which clearly fell through.

If you have paper vouchers at home with a May 2020 expiry date, they will not be replaced.  The bar code will continue to scan correctly until the end of November. If you now control your vouchers via the Tesco app, your online vouchers have automatically been extended by six months.

It is worth noting that this ONLY applies to vouchers due to expire this month.  The expiry date of all of your existing Clubcard vouchers will remain as it was.  That said, I would imagine that if you have any vouchers due to expire in August 2020 your odds of getting an extension are probably pretty good.

The current Clubcard points period ended on 7th May, and if you receive vouchers in the post then they should be on their way in the next couple of weeks.  Given that they are keen to raise cash, it will be interesting to see if Avios or Virgin Flying Club offer generous inducements to convert your points this quarter, as this generates a payment from Tesco to the airline.

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Who won the 10,000 Avios in our competition?

A few weeks ago we ran a competition to celebrate reaching 10,000 articles on Head for Points.

As we couldn’t get the team together for a champagne breakfast, we decided to give away 10,000 Avios to one lucky reader instead.

And the lucky winner is…….

Peter D.

Congratulations.  We hope you can use the Avios for a well deserved post Corona break. We have already reached out to Peter so if you are a Peter D and are reading this – sorry, but it isn’t you.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

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Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

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